49ers, Ravens Go to Super Bowl

San Francisco overcomes 17-point deficit to beat Atlanta Falcons 28-24

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jan 20, 2013 5:37 PM CST | Updated Jan 21, 2013 4:00 AM CST

(Newser) – After last night's wins, the 49ers and Ravens are headed to the Super Bowl. And this year's will be filled with firsts—and one significant last. The Harbaughs, San Francisco's Jim and Baltimore's John, will be the first pair of brothers to coach against each other in the NFL title game. Quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick of the 49ers and Joe Flacco of the Ravens each will be playing in his first Super Bowl—where success is the ultimate measure of elite QBs.

It'll be Baltimore's first crack at a championship in a dozen years, San Francisco's first in 18. They are a combined 6-0 in Super Bowls (the 49ers own five of those victories), so one club will lose the big game for the first time. And middle linebacker Ray Lewis, Baltimore's emotional leader and top tackler, will be playing in the final game of his 17-year career before heading into retirement. "This is our time," Lewis pronounced. Click for more on the AFC and NFC championships that got them a spot in the big game.

San Francisco 49ers' quarterback Colin Kaepernick passes during the first half of the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, in Atlanta.
San Francisco 49ers' quarterback Colin Kaepernick passes during the first half of the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, in Atlanta.   (John Bazemore)
Atlanta Falcons' Julio Jones catches a touchdown pass in front of San Francisco 49ers' Donte Whitner during the first half of the NFL football NFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, in Atlanta.
Atlanta Falcons' Julio Jones catches a touchdown pass in front of San Francisco 49ers' Donte Whitner during the first half of the NFL football NFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, in Atlanta.   (Dave Martin)
Atlanta Falcons' Julio Jones runs into the end zone after catching a 46-yard touchdown pass against the 49ers on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, in Atlanta.
Atlanta Falcons' Julio Jones runs into the end zone after catching a 46-yard touchdown pass against the 49ers on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, in Atlanta.   (Dave Martin)
Atlanta Falcons' Tony Gonzalez (88) is congratulated by Michael Palmer after his 10-yard touchdown catch against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, in Atlanta.
Atlanta Falcons' Tony Gonzalez (88) is congratulated by Michael Palmer after his 10-yard touchdown catch against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, in Atlanta.   (David Goldman)
San Francisco 49ers' LaMichael James celebrates after rushing 15-yards for a touchdown on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, in Atlanta.
San Francisco 49ers' LaMichael James celebrates after rushing 15-yards for a touchdown on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, in Atlanta.   (Dave Martin)
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